Innovative Program Grant


 Request for Proposals  


 Context and Need  Funding and Administration   Timeline   Local College Access Networks 
 Contact and Application Assistance   Award Decisions   About  Apply


Context and Need

Michigan College Access Network recognizes the great work of college access programs across the state to move Michigan closer to Goal 2025 – to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60 percent by the year 2025. While MCAN’s primary strategy to achieving Goal 2025 remains the development and support of Local College Access Networks, MCAN will now also provide grant funding to direct service programs for innovative work in support of the Big Goal.

Funding and Administration

Innovative Program Grants will fund programming that increases college readiness, enrollment and completion in local communities and across the state through grants of up to $10,000. Grants require 50 percent match funding, of which 50 percent can be in-kind and at least 50 percent must be cash. For example, if an applicant requests $10,000, match funds of at least $5,000 must be provided. Of that $5,000, $2,500 may be matched by in-kind support. Innovative Program Grants are not intended to be renewable or long-term funding for a program. MCAN staff will work with grantees to help design sustainability plans for programming if desired. 


Innovative Program Grants will be available on a rolling basis until allocated funding is depleted within the fiscal year, which begins October 1 annually. Please contact MCAN when considering an application for confirmation that funding is still available. No grants will be awarded between September 1 and September 30. Grants received during that time will be considered for funding after October 1. 

Grant applications should be submitted with an expected implementation of no more than 12 months from award date. No-cost extensions may be considered on a case-by-case basis upon request of a grantee.

Local College Access Networks  

Preference will be given for applicants or programs that are connected to a Local College Access Network as a comprehensive approach to increasing postsecondary attainment within a community. This includes the work of action teams, network members, individual schools, etc. that operate within an LCAN. Other organizations and programs are also eligible to apply.  

This funding is not meant as a means of supporting network development. Please see MCAN’s LCAN-specific grant programs for that purpose.

Contact and Application Assistance

You are encouraged to contact MCAN to inquire about eligibility and to request technical assistance. Please contact Connor McLaughlin at connor(a), or 517-316-1713 for assistance with your application or for help with the online application portal.

Award Decisions

MCAN staff will review proposals and provide written feedback. Final decisions regarding awards will be contingent upon the recommendations of the staff and available funds. MCAN is committed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants in 90 days or less. Please adjust your application schedule to accommodate this review timetable.

About Michigan College Access Network  

MCAN’s mission is to increase college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. In order to build and sustain a vibrant economy and strong communities based on a highly educated population, MCAN works to ensure everyone in Michigan has the opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education. MCAN’s goal is to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with high-quality degrees or credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. At its core, MCAN believes:

College is Postsecondary Education: MCAN uses the term “college” to refer to the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.

College is a Necessity: Postsecondary education is a prerequisite to success in a knowledge-based economy. Everyone must pursue and complete a postsecondary credential or degree beyond high school.

College is for Everyone: The postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. MCAN is committed to closing these gaps.

College is a Public Good: Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.

Applying For Grant Funding

Proposals are only accepted using Michigan College Access Network’s online grants system, Fluid Review. To apply to for an Innovative Program Grant, visit, or select the "Apply Now" button below.

If you have an existing account, you can sign in and click “Create New Submission.” Select “Innovative Program Application” from the drop-down menu and complete the grant application. If you don’t have an existing account, click “Sign Up” and provide your registration information, selecting “Innovative Program Grant Application” from the drop-down. Then complete the grant application.  

If you would like to review the online application components, you are welcome to review this Word document version. You cannot submit the application using this Word document. This is only for review purposes.



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